U. S. History Grade Level 8th Instructional Activities and Resources

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U. S. History Grade Level - 8th
Instructional Activities and Resources

The following activities and resources have been identified to use with each unit of instruction.

  1. District’s Skills for Success booklet

  2. Chester the Crab Graphic Novel

  3. http://www.historyteacher.net/

  4. http://www.animatedatlas.com

  5. http://www.historyanimated.com

  6. two column notes derived from reading assignments/lectures

  7. Foldables

  8. Study Island

  9. Glencoe Teacher Works Resource

  10. Use Graphic Novel from Glencoe

  11. Use a variety of information delivery strategies (District’s Skills for Success) including Interactive Cloze, GIST, Anticipation Guide, Guided Reading, Pair Reading, Jigsaw, Stump the Teacher (Forget strategies)

  12. United States History Atlas from Nystrom

U. S. History Grade Level - 8th
1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13
* Use CRT Review Checklist with each unit. *animatedatlas.com


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Assessments


Life in the Colonies
Describe the economic and social environment in each of the groupings of colonies.

  1. What is Triangular Trade?

  2. What is the middle passage and why is it significant?

  3. What was a principle crop for each grouping of colonies and their economic foundation?

    1. Triangular Trade

    2. Middle Passage

10 days for all of chapter 4

Chapter 4 Section 1

  • Middle Passage Activity

  • Map Triangular Trade

Government, Religion, and Culture
Compare and contrast English Colonial rules and desires to the actual desires of the colonists.

  1. What is the English Bill of Rights and was its impact in the English colonies?

  2. What was the purpose and impact of the Navigation Acts?

  3. How did religion affect colonial life?

  4. Compare and contrast colonial governments?

  1. Navigation Acts

  2. English Bill of Rights

  3. Mayflower Compact

Chapter 4 Section 2

  • Political Cartoon over Enlightenment

  • Freedom of the Press trial of John Peter Zenger

1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Resources


France and Britain Class in America
Describe the impact of European wars on the colonists and their effects on colonial relations with the Native Americans.

  1. What led to the clashes between France and Brittan?

  2. What was the Iroquois Confederacy and how did it affect the relations with British and French settlers?

  3. What was the Albany Plan of Union and why was it important?

  1. French and Indian War

    • Strengths and weaknesses of each side

    • Result of war

    • Who was involved

    • Why did it occur

    • battles

  2. Importance of Ohio Valley

  3. Role of Native Americas

  4. George Washington

  5. Albany Plan of Union

  6. Iroquois Confederacy

Chapter 4 Section 3

  • Create a map of major American Indians Settlements before European colonization.

  • Create a map displaying the displacement of tribes in 20 year periods

The French and Indian War
Understand the causes of the French and Indian War. Understand the terms under the Treaty of Paris of 1763.

  1. Why was the Proclamation of 1763 viewed by the colonist as a “choke hold” on their growth?

  2. What methods did the British government use to exercise their power in the new world from 1754-1763

  3. What were the major events of the French and Indian War?

  4. What was the impact of the Treaty of Paris, 1763?

  5. What was the Proclamation of 1763?

      1. General Edward Braddock

      2. William Pitt

      3. Marquis de Montcalm

      4. Seven Year’s War

      5. Treaty of Paris of 1763

      6. Pontiac’s Rebellion

      7. Proclamation of 1763

Chapter 4 Section 4

  • Create a map of North American and Colon code sections that are controlled by world powers of the time

  • Create a foldable of Facts on the French and Indian War

1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13

*United States Atlas pg. 37 Teapots


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Resources

3, 4, 5

Taxation without Representation

  1. Why did the British face problems in North America after the French and Indian War?

  2. Why did the American colonists object to the new British laws?

  3. State two reasons why the t relations between the British and the colonists began to deteriorate.

  4. Compare and contrast various methods of protest used by the colonists against the King and Parliament.

  5. Who were the Daughters of Liberty and the Sons of Liberty?

  1. Writs of Assistance

  2. Sugar Act

  3. Taxation without representation

  4. Patrick Henry

  5. Samuel Adams

  6. Sons of Liberty: purpose and activities

  7. Boycott of goods: what / why

  8. Stamp Act

  9. Declaratory Act

  10. Quartering Act

  11. Townshend Acts

  12. Declaratory Acts

  13. Daughters of Liberty

  14. English imperial policy toward the colonies

10 days for all of chapter 5

Chapter 5 Section 1

  • Historyanimated.com

  • Create a poster that would simulate a protest against the king

  • Create a chart of the various acts against the colonist and the effect that particular act had on the colonist and their existence

3, 4, 5

Building Colonial Unity

    1. Why did Boston colonists and British soldiers clash in the Boston Massacre?

    2. How did the British government try to maintain its control over the colonies?

    3. How was propaganda used to convey information about the Boston Massacre?

    4. How did the Boston Tea Party lead to the Intolerable Acts?

    1. Boston Massacre

    2. Crispus Attucks

    3. Paul Revere

    4. Committee of Correspondence

    5. Tea Act

    6. Boston Tea Party

    7. King George III

    8. Intolerable Acts

    9. Coercive Acts

    10. Quebec Acts

    11. Give me liberty or give me death.

    12. Don’t tread on me.

    13. The shot heard around the world

Chapter 5 Section 2

Growing Conflict Between Britain and America



1763-Proclamation of 1763 forbids colonial settlement west of the Appalachians.

Colonists protest; some ignore the law.

1764-Sugar Act cuts in half the import duty on foreign molasses but enforces law strictly.

Colonists raise cry of "no taxation without representation" and boycott British products.

1765-Quartering Act requires colonists to furnish food and lodging for British troops.

Colonial assemblies pass resolutions. Colonists boycott British products. Sons of Liberty attack stamp agents. Stamp Act Congress sends Declaration of Rights and Grievances to Parliament.

1765-Stamp Act passed

Boycott of British goods

1766-Repeal of Stamp Act. Parliament passes Declaratory Act stating its right to tax the colonists.

Boycott ended

New York refuses to enforce Quartering Act. Colonists ignore Declaratory Act.

1767-Townshend Acts impose duties on paper, tea, paint, lead, and other items.

Suspension of New York Assembly for its refusal to enforce Quartering Act.

Colonial assemblies pass resolutions challenging Parliament's right to tax them. Colonists boycott British products. Sons of Liberty enforce boycotts.

Colonists rally to the support of New York. Numerous protests held.
Boston Massacre – March 1770



1770-Repeal of the Townshend Acts except the tax on tea.

Colonial boycotts ended and calm restored.

1773-Tea Act gives the East India Company a monopoly on the colonial tea trade.

In the Boston Tea Party incident, colonists dump the company's tea into the Boston harbor. In other colonies the company's ships are not allowed to unload, or the tea is confiscated.

1774-Intolerable Acts passed to punish Boston for the Tea Party. (1) Boston's port is closed. (2) Britain takes tighter control of Massachusetts' government. (3) The Quartering Act directs colonists to find housing and certain supplies for British troops. (4) British soldiers will be tried in England for certain crimes.

Quebec Act sets up a civil government and recognizes certain French laws in Quebec. It grants religious and political freedom to Catholics in Quebec. It also extends the boundaries of Quebec southwestward to the Ohio and Mississippi rivers.

Colonists interpret the Quebec Act as evidence that Britain wants to close the west to settlers from the 13 colonies. Protestants are alarmed over religious provisions of the act. Because of the Quebec Act and the Intolerable Acts, all the colonies except Georgia send delegates to the Continental Congress.

Militias are formed
Congress calls for defense measures against British attack, authorizes another boycott against British goods, and appeals to King George III to restore the peace.

1775-First battle of Revolutionary War results when British troops encounter colonial militia at Lexington while en route to Concord to seize military supplies.

Militia fights British Troops

Second Continental Congress meets
Continental Army formed

1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Resources

3, 4, 5

A Call to Arms

  1. What happened at the first continental congress in Philadelphia?

  2. How did the colonists meet British soldiers in their first armed clash?

  3. Identify key Revolutionary leaders

  4. What was the purpose of the militia?

  5. Identify the importance of the battles of Lexington/Concord and Breeds Hill/Bunker Hill.

  1. First Continental Congress

  2. John Adams

  3. Patrick Henry

  4. Minutemen

  5. Lexington/Concord

  6. Ethan Allen and Green Mountain boys

  7. Bunker Hill

  8. Loyalists

  9. Patriots

Chapter 5 Sec 3

  • Student’s write a headline article from British point of view over Bunker hill

3, 4, 5

Moving Toward Independence

  1. What happened at the 2ND continental congress?

  2. Why did the delegates draft the Declaration of Independence?

  3. What was the Olive Branch Petition and why was it important?

  4. What role did Thomas Paine have on the call for independence?

  5. What was a Preamble to the Declaration of Independence and how is it a reflection of Enlightenment philosophy?

  6. -Understand the concept of “social contract” – John Locke

  7. How did ideas of John Locke and Thomas Paine influence Jefferson’s writings in the Declaration of Independence?

  8. John Locke’s Natural Rights Theory

  1. Second Continental Congress

  2. Benjamin Franklin’s role in the American Revolution

  3. John Hancock

  4. Thomas Jefferson

  5. Declaration of Independence

  6. King George III

  7. Intellectual origins of DOI

  8. Key principles of DOI

  9. Abigail Adams

Chapter 5 Sec 4

  • Have students create their own preamble

  • Create an “Olive Brand Petition” to the current president on a topic of modern day discussion

  • Show video (movie) titled “1776”

1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Resources




American Revolution: The Early Years

  1. Recognize the comparative strengths and weaknesses of the British and Patriot forces during the first year and a half of the American Revolution.

  2. What were the political, economics, geographic and social advantages and disadvantages of both sides in the American Revolution?

  3. What differences existed among Americans concerning separation from Great Britain?

  4. What were the roles of Patriots & Loyalists in the war?

    1. Hessians / mercenaries

    2. Role of women, African Americans, Native Americans

    3. Thomas Paine / Common Sense

    4. Political advantages and disadvantages of each side

    5. Economic advantages and disadvantages of each side

12 days for all of chapter 6

Chapter 6 Section 1

  • Use Venn Diagram to compare Loyalists and Patriots

  • Students re-write “Common Sense” in their own words.



The War Continues

  1. To whom did the Patriots look for support?

  2. How did the war change the role of women?

  3. Discuss the pros and cons of an alliance with a foreign nation.

  4. Why was Valley Forge important to eventual patriot success?

    1. Significance of the war in the south

    2. General Charles Cornwallis

Chapter 6 Section 2

  • Examine Benjamin Franklin’s autobiography focusing on his time as American ambassador to France.

  • Students write a letter from George Washington to Martha Washington about days in Valley Forge.

1st - Nine Week Period – End Date October 13


Content and Essential Questions




Suggested Resources


The War Moves West and South

  1. What role did the British Navy in the war?

  2. Where did the British concentrate their war efforts? Was this an effective strategy?

  3. What was the economics effect of blockades?

  4. Why were “privateers” a source of pride for the Americans?

  5. How did the battle at King’s Mountain change people’s attitudes towards the war?

  6. What was the impact of the Battle of Yorktown on the eventual patriot victory?

  1. Saratoga

  2. the French Alliance

  3. Yorktown

  4. Valley Forge

Chapter 6 Section 3

  • Discuss how guerilla warfare hampered the British forces in the South

  • Analyze Washington’s Farewell to the Traps

  • Create a headline news article about Battle of Yorktown from British or Patriots point of view.


The War is Won

  1. Why was the Treaty of Paris a triumph for the Americans?

  2. Discuss the importance of the colonies being recognized as a nation.

  3. What were the advantages that allowed the American army to defeat the British military?

  4. Why were the colonists able to defeat the British?

1. Treaty of Paris of 1783

Chapter 6 Section 4

  • Page 187 Interdisciplinary activity.

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